- The only lake in Slovenia with an island in the middle, taking a 'Pletna' boat ride across the lake is a must
- A laid back resort with breathtaking views all around
- In the beautiful north-western corner of Slovenia, the lakeside resort of Bled nestles amidst dense pine forests, surrounded by the dramatic Julian Alps
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Sports and activities
So what's it like?
This beautiful lakeside resort offers a stunning picture postcard setting. Amidst dense pine forests and surrounded by the dramatic Julian Alps, the beautiful emerald-green lake features a tiny wooded island in the middle, crowned by an idyllic baroque church. This area is ideal for those in search of tranquility, with wonderful lakeside promenades to enjoy.
Relax and discover
Fun on the water: Take a 'Pletna' boat ride or hire a rowing boat across the glorious lake. When the temperature rises, visit one of the lakeside lidos, jump in and go for a swim.
Walking: The areas surrounding Bled are easily explored on foot, with a range of interesting walks. The scenic walk around the lake itself is a good start, from which you can climb to the ramparts of the castle for fantastic views. Lake Bled is situated on the edge of the Triglav National Park and is an excellent base from which to enjoy some of the walking routes in the park. Places of interest include Vintgar Gorge, Pokljuka Plateau and Pod Babjim zobom Cave. This magnificent and rugged landscape is inhabited by an extremely rich variety of flora and fauna with numerous rare and protected plant and animal species. Well-marked footpaths and mountain trails and numerous mountain huts enable hikers to visit the higher areas of the National Park.
Spa: The fairytale-like nature, unique climate and mysterious energy of Bled have always been thought to have special healing powers. The 'Živa' Spa & Wellness centre at the Hotel Golf in Bled will satisfy anyone looking for some invigoration or a soothing rest. The Luisa Studio at the Grand Hotel Toplice will is another centre dedicated to elegant baths, a paradise for fans of rest and relaxation.
Local Culture: Bled castle should be one of the highlights of any holiday. Although much of the building is has been updated in relatively recent times, Romanesque elements can still be found in the walls and late-Gothic in the chapel. The local cuisine is another major draw, try some fantastic regional flavours such as Karst ham, deer prosciutto, beef in Karst sauce with grilled polenta, veal stew, cottage cheese roulades & speciality cakes such as 'potica’ or 'gibinica'. There are also several great pizzeria throughout the town. To savour some fantastic regional cuisine, there are a number of options, good choices would be the Vila Prešeren restaurant, below the castle, right on the lake shore, offering great views. Alternatively, the fabulous terrace restaurant at the Pension Mayer with dishes such as venison fillet in cranberry sauce is incredible.
Festivals: In the summer months there are numerous events, ranging from village festivals to religious holidays in the Bled area. The festival not to be missed is the 'Bled days festival' which climaxes at the end of the night with a spectacular display of thousands of egg shell candles lighting up the lake, followed by fireworks (normally held on the 4th weekend in July). Also, throughout July is the Bled International Music Festival.
Evening atmosphere: Although the resort can be bustling in high season, generally the town is relatively laid back and relaxed. There are some great places to enjoy the glorious sun set across the lake.
Why not try -
- A horse and carriage ride can take you up to the medieval ‘Bled Castle’, with its fascinating museum and terraced restaurant offering breathtaking views
- A 'must' is to try a Bled speciality, 'Bljeska kremna rezina', a delicious vanilla and fresh cream cake
- Take a 'Pletna' ride across the lake to visit the glorious Church of the Assumption - ask to ring the "wishing bell" and see if your wish comes true!
Available from £107 (return)
There is a bus service to Kranjska Gora (45 minutes) and Bohinj (45 minutes). Boat trips can also be taken on the lake. The train services from Bled (Lesce station) are excellent.
In the summer months there are numerous events, ranging from village festivals to religious holidays in the area. The festival not to be missed is the 'Bled Days festival' which climaxes at the end of the night with a spectacular display of thousands of egg shell candles lighting up the lake, followed by fireworks (normally held on the 4th weekend in July). Also, throughout July is the Bled International Music Festival.
Twin centre suggestion
Discover more of Slovenia by combining (for example) Hotel Riviera in Portorož with the Hotel Golf in Lake Bled.
Transfer to your second centre is usually by coach or minibus and may be via the airport. Call us to book.
Lake Bled is a truly magical setting for your special day. Get married in a fairytale castle overlooking the lake or have a blessing on the tiny wooded island 'Maria of the Lake' with its onion domed baroque church. You can stay in any of our hotels but for a touch of luxury we recommend the impressive Grand Hotel Toplice or the modern Hotel Park right on the lake. Take a look online for our handpicked selection of gorgeous ceremony venues, or contact us.
Special offers this summer
Pre-book 3 full day excursions and receive a half day trip, in resort, absolutely free!